Marian University to begin “Hope for Japan” efforts

August 25, 2012

March 28, 2011


Marian University will begin a community-wide effort, “Hope for Japan,” to help raise funds to send to Japan.

Marian will have collection jars in the Administration Building, Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Dorcas Chapel. In addition, Associate Professor of Art Tom Wallestad and Adjunct Professor Chizuko Konishi Wallestad have designed T-shirts that will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds going to the “Hope for Japan” fund.

Furthermore, on Friday, April 29, all “Casual for a Cause” proceeds will go toward the “Hope for Japan” efforts. Casual for a Cause is a program where faculty and staff give a $5 donation in order to wear jeans during the day. Also, April 29 represents the annual Showa no hi holiday in Japan, an official holiday where individuals take time to reflect when recovery was made after turbulent days and to think of the country’s future.

“On Friday morning, I woke to find my country devastated by an earthquake and the tsunami that followed. In seconds, people, their homes and their entire history were washed away,” said Chizuko Wallestad, adjunct professor and native of Japan. “It has been heartbreaking to see people desperately looking to find their families and they cannot even find a picture of them that was left behind. I have seen the homeless survivors form communities, giving each other strength. Rather than sitting helpless in front of the television, I felt I needed to do something so that the people of Japan could feel hope or ‘kibou.’”

All proceeds collected will be given to the Red Cross of Japan.

For more information about relief opportunities, to get involved, to donate, or to purchase a T-shirt, contact Ann Umbreit at or at 920-923-8523 or Chizuko Wallestad at or at 920-923-8786.